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Central Arizona Valley
Institute of Technology
Fire truck; firefighter next to fire truck

Our Fire Science Program

Program Highlights

  • Experience the thrill of saving lives and fighting fires.
  • Use firefighting vehicles, hoses, Jaws of Life, saws, axes, and rope rescue equipment.
  • Perform lifesaving medical and rescue techniques to provide emergency services to those in need.

Career Focus

  • Prepared for college fire science education and wild land fire certification.

Program Length

The fire science program is two years in length. Students have the opportunity to obtain wildland firefighter industry certification, as well as, OSHA 10-hour general industry and CPR instruction.

Students successfully completing the program have the opportunity to earn free dual enrollment college credit providing all requirements are met.

Listing of Instructional Topics

  • Building Construction
  • Evidence Preserving and Sampling
  • Fire Behavior
  • Fire Shelters
  • Forcible Entry
  • Map Reading and Compass
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Ropes and Knots
  • Search and Rescue
  • Transportation Safety
  • Victim Rescue
  • Wildland Fire Behavior

Wildland Firefighter Entry Level Salary Range*

  • Hourly: $12.89–$22.13
  • Annual: $26,810–$46,030

*Source - Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages

Related Career Pathways

  • Communications Dispatcher
  • Emergency Medical Technician*
  • Field Analyst*
  • Firefighter*
  • Fire Investigator*
  • Fire Chief*
  • Fire Protection Engineer*
  • Fire Rescue Supervisor*
  • Hazardous Material Responder
  • Military Personnel
  • OSHA Technician*
  • Paramedic*

*with additional education in this field.